Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

51-2041 Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters

Fabricate, position, align, and fit parts of structural metal products. Shipfitters are included in "Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic" (51-4192).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
76,050 2.0 % $17.63 $36,670 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.63 $13.84 $16.91 $20.72 $25.07
Annual Wage (2) $24,190 $28,780 $35,170 $43,090 $52,150


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 25,700 7.91 $17.48 $36,370
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 4,710 1.86 $16.90 $35,160
Ship and Boat Building 3,560 2.88 $18.84 $39,200
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 3,550 0.52 $18.26 $37,980
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 3,020 1.40 $17.34 $36,070

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 25,700 7.91 $17.48 $36,370
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 2,640 3.06 $17.85 $37,120
Ship and Boat Building 3,560 2.88 $18.84 $39,200
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 740 2.29 $20.25 $42,120
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 2,170 1.88 $16.63 $34,580

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services (8) (8) $22.76 $47,340
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,520 0.53 $21.71 $45,150
Support Activities for Water Transportation (8) (8) $20.60 $42,840
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 740 2.29 $20.25 $42,120
Utility System Construction 130 0.03 $19.75 $41,070


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 7,800 0.76 1.28 $16.19 $33,680
California 7,090 0.51 0.85 $18.45 $38,380
Pennsylvania 4,470 0.81 1.36 $18.99 $39,500
Ohio 3,200 0.64 1.08 $17.39 $36,160
Florida 2,810 0.39 0.66 $16.52 $34,360




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas 1,800 1.38 2.33 $18.23 $37,920
Louisiana 2,500 1.36 2.29 $19.64 $40,850
Alabama 2,330 1.29 2.18 $16.07 $33,430
Mississippi 1,320 1.23 2.07 $15.56 $32,360
Utah 1,230 1.06 1.78 $17.78 $36,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 880 0.34 0.57 $22.60 $47,000
Alaska 60 0.18 0.31 $21.40 $44,510
Washington 1,450 0.53 0.90 $21.28 $44,270
Delaware 170 0.43 0.73 $20.63 $42,900
Wyoming 190 0.69 1.16 $20.30 $42,220





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,940 1.15 1.94 $16.77 $34,870
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,860 0.49 0.82 $17.79 $37,010
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.80 1.35 $15.28 $31,790
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,420 0.64 1.07 $16.69 $34,710
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,410 0.39 0.66 $17.15 $35,670
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,400 1.14 1.92 $17.13 $35,630
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,170 0.84 1.42 $20.14 $41,890
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,090 0.60 1.02 $21.42 $44,550
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 1,090 1.05 1.77 $14.49 $30,140
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 950 0.97 1.63 $20.19 $41,990




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 550 6.10 10.29 $20.28 $42,180
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 410 3.95 6.67 $15.60 $32,450
Casper, WY 130 3.32 5.60 $20.76 $43,180
Pascagoula, MS 180 3.26 5.49 $19.10 $39,720
La Crosse, WI-MN 220 3.06 5.16 $19.56 $40,690
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 310 3.05 5.14 $15.99 $33,250
Longview, TX 250 2.60 4.38 $15.63 $32,510
Williamsport, PA 130 2.49 4.19 $15.03 $31,250
York-Hanover, PA 410 2.38 4.01 $21.50 $44,720
Mobile, AL 400 2.34 3.95 $17.02 $35,390




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 680 0.49 0.83 $23.95 $49,810
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 720 0.42 0.71 $23.43 $48,740
Champaign-Urbana, IL 40 0.37 0.62 $23.24 $48,340
Greeley, CO 60 0.83 1.40 $22.43 $46,660
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 230 0.70 1.18 $22.12 $46,020
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 80 0.20 0.33 $22.10 $45,960
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 40 0.95 1.61 $22.06 $45,870
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 50 0.43 0.72 $21.98 $45,720
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 120 0.99 1.67 $21.95 $45,660
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 720 0.59 1.00 $21.95 $45,650

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 400 2.36 3.98 $15.64 $32,540
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 380 1.58 2.66 $15.45 $32,140
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 360 0.96 1.61 $14.76 $30,700
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 350 7.34 12.39 $16.70 $34,730
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 350 1.66 2.80 $13.37 $27,800

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 350 7.34 12.39 $16.70 $34,730
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 200 3.14 5.30 $12.78 $26,590
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 290 2.61 4.40 $15.35 $31,940
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 320 2.44 4.12 $14.33 $29,820
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 400 2.36 3.98 $15.64 $32,540

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sussex County, Delaware nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.83 $49,570
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 0.82 $21.62 $44,970
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.63 1.06 $21.39 $44,480
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 1.25 2.11 $19.84 $41,260
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 150 0.69 1.16 $19.54 $40,640


About May 2011 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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